Post by AirCoaster on Feb 29, 2012 16:19:42 GMT -5
I'm not really certain Chris, but I think this wind direction indicator at Norton Field near Columbus is atypical of the wind indicators back in the Golden Age of Aviation.
This photo is from 1945, but I would imagine airport equipment hadn't changed a lot from the 30s to the 40s unless it was in regards to military. Airports didn't take big strides in improvements until the late 40s and into the 50s.
Even so, I would think a slightly more simplified version of this indicator in the photo would suffice. Many back in those days were just a T with the vertical stabilizer.
;D Thanks, Guys! Stefan on California Classics found a Google link to a 1930 patent for a lighted wind tee that looks like a simpler version of the one in Aircoaster's image!
Bean, I found a website that covers closed airports all over the US and on one page I saw a Wind Tee just like the one in your image that someone had strafed with machine guns!
I've got a solid Airport Plan of Curtiss Field in 1935, and overlayed on that is a smaller plan that shows Roosevelt Field in 1927. One of the features on the plan was the ramp that the "America" needed to get off the ground!
www.airportappraisals.com - Four excelllent videos document the events surrounding Lindbergh and the NYP race in general! ;D In either video 3 or 4 you can see the actual ramp built into the runway for Byrd's America! ;D ;D
Last Edit: Feb 29, 2012 21:11:43 GMT -5 by ctarana